More than 65 kids ranging from ages 7 to 18 ran T.A.A.F. Summer Track for Happy Feet Running, make for a very successful summer. The club had seven kids place at the Region 7 meet and qualify for the T.A.A.F. Summer Games of Texas in Corpus Christi.
Trace Greer won first place in both the 1600 meter event and 3200m and placed fourth and fifth at the state meet, running a 4:50 in the mile event. Brothers Hunter and Walker Montoya both qualified in the shot put and discus throw. Brenna Sheriff qualified in the 80m hurdles and set a personal best at the state meet. Jackson Scriber qualified in the 3200m run while Judson Greer and Daniel Kanz both qualified in the 1600m run. Judson and Jackson both set personal best times in their events.
The Club followed summer track with its Texas Heat Cross Country Camp for junior high and high school runners with runners and coaches from schools in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana in attendance. The camp was held at the beautiful 485 acre YMCA Collin County Adventure Camp in Anna. The camp also featured local collegiate runners who coached and specialists from Michael Johnson Performance, Modern Fitness, Speed Kidz and Run On to train runners. According to Happy Feet Coach Clint Scribner, "The camp was a huge success, and we look forward to even better results next year!"
To top off all the positive news, the club received word that Melissa High School junior Trace Greer had been selected as the Texas Armature Athletic Federations "Male Athlete of the Year" for Happy Feet Running. Greer received this award not only for being a double gold medalist at the Region 7 meet and representing Happy Feet at the state meet, but also for his excellence in the classroom, in his community and in his church. He is a Mentor for Happy Feet and a role model for the younger runners.
"We are very proud of Trace for receiving this award and recognition," said Scribner. "It is kids like this that make a coaches heart full."
Happy Feet Running Club is taking a short break in August but will start back up with team social runs and after-school runs in September and begin registration and practices for USATF Youth Cross Country in October. Check out www.happyfeetrunning.net for more information.